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Push for reform grows as NC workers' challenges linger
Monday, April 12, 2021
RALEIGH – It's estimated more than 280,000 North Carolinians remain unemployed from jobs lost during the pandemic, and many more have stopped looking for work. Critics say the state's unemployment insurance system isn't designed to handle the demand. Proposed legislation would raise the maximum amount of benefits from $300 to $500 per week, and
 
Hardest Hit: Unheard Voices of the Pandemic
Monday, April 5, 2021
Three months into the pandemic, Shelly’s (last name withheld) landlord called to say he wouldn’t accept partial payments anymore. If she couldn’t pay off her back rent in full, he would start eviction proceedings. “Save your money,” he said. “Expect a letter from my lawyer in the mail.” Shelly clutched the phone,
 
Hunger soars in NC in the wake of the pandemic
Monday, March 29, 2021
A crew of workers recently parceled flour, bags of broccoli, bottled water, bread, and other essentials into boxes, as vehicles lined up in the parking lot of a Durham apartment complex. The drivers were waiting for boxes of food that would help sustain their families for a few more days. La Semilla, a new United Methodist congregation in Durham, has
 
DHA addresses rental assistance, eviction, renovation
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
DURHAM – Durham Housing Authority officials say they have put measures in place to help residents avoid evictions, make timely repairs, and improve overall livability. They also plan to hire additional staff, including a housing stability specialist who will work directly with residents who are behind on paying their rent, said chief executive officer
 
Ex-judge Beasley to run for U.S. Senate
Sunday, March 21, 2021
RALEIGH — Coming off a narrow election defeat in 2020, North Carolina’s first Black woman to serve as chief justice on the state Supreme Court will soon enter the 2022 U.S. Senate race, two advisers familiar with her deliberations said. Democrat Cheri Beasley, who lost her chief justice election bid by just 401 votes out of nearly 5.4 million
 
NC public health departments called overworked, underfunded
Thursday, March 18, 2021
OXFORD – North Carolina has spent fewer and fewer dollars on public health over the past decade, and local health officials say inconsistent funding has led to reduced staff and resources, which likely worsened the fallout from the pandemic. Data from Kaiser Health News show spending for the state's 85 local health departments dipped by more than 27%
 
Thousands of NC children could be lifted out of poverty
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The economic stimulus bill President Joe Biden signed last week includes provisions that will move millions of children out of poverty and will begin making direct payments to families by the middle of this year. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that an expanded tax credit included in the legislation will lift 137,000 North Carolina
 
Unsung Heroes: Bettina Pope
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
WAKE FOREST – Bettina Pope, an English teacher at Wake Forest High School, is a leader who is also a proper representation of Black women in the Triangle. She was born and raised in Rich Square, a small town in eastern North Carolina. “During my youth, the population was approximately 1,500,” said Pope. Her parents thought it important to
 

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Expansion of COVID testing in schools would slow infections

State health officials want to expand testing for COVID-19 in school districts as more students,

Orgs. create first Black College World Series

A new chapter in the legacy of HBCU baseball will soon be written with the inaugural Black

How Black poets and writers gave a voice to ‘Affrilachia’

Appalachia, in the popular imagination, stubbornly remains poor and white. Open a dictionary and